Very light jet air-taxi hopeful Pogo will likely “not launch operations before 2009,” according to company CEO and former American Airlines boss Robert Crandall. Initially, Pogo was planning to get a VLJ operation off the ground this year with Adam A700s.
As anticipation builds over the pending certification of the first very light jet, the Eclipse 500, “There’s a new sense of legitimacy for the idea of personalized air mobility in the form of per-seat fleet operations [using VLJs],” according to NASA Langley advance planning office director Bruce Holmes. “After all, mobility is freedom, and the big picture of the VLJ is individualized air travel.”
Assuming the marketplace wants the aircraft, nothing is more important to
At this year’s EAA AirVenture show, plans and promises from the past finally yielded fruit. Last year, Honda flew the Honda-powered, Honda-designed HondaJet to Oshkosh in an impressive demonstration of the company’s aeronautical capabilities. Yet the company was maddeningly silent about bringing the jet to market until AirVenture 2006, when it announced plans to certify and market the HondaJet.
Not to rain on Eclipse’s parade, but…the July 27 waving of the checkered flag in the very light jet (VLJ) race might have been premature. While Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse did announce FAA provisional certification of its Eclipse 500 that day
Per-seat, on-demand start-up operator DayJet said its first Southeast DayBase and maintenance facility will be at Gainesville Regional Airport, Fla. Gainesville was one of five inaugural Florida service locations announced in June. DayJet plans to start service using Eclipse 500s in November.
Diamond has increased the price of the single-engine D-Jet from less than $1 million to $1.36 million, nudging the $1.5 million tag for the Eclipse 500 very light twinjet. The increase is due to the manufacturer’s including previously optional items as standard equipment. Diamond also announced a new option for the very light jet single: a BRS recovery parachute.
It’s going to be a photo finish between the Eclipse 500 and Cessna Citation Mustang in the race for full FAA type certification (TC). Yesterday, Cessna completed the 150-hour function and reliability testing, the last major hurdle before TC.